Where can I find a list of definitions of commonly used docketing abbreviations?

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The Clerk's Office maintains a docket sheet for each civil and criminal case filed with the court. The docket sheet is a chronological listing of all documents filed in the case. Each document entered on the docket sheet is called a docket entry. Docket entries usually contain the date the pleading was filed, the title of the pleading, and the name of the party filing the pleading. In the instance of a court order, the docket entry will contain the initials of the judicial officer that prepared the order as well as a brief synopsis of the order.

Docket entries are meant to be very succinct summaries of information regarding the pleading that has been filed. Word abbreviations are often used in the docket entry to save time and space on the docket sheet. In order to ensure that members of the bench, bar, and general public are able to interpret these abbreviations, a standardized list of docketing abbreviations was adopted by the Clerk's Office in September of 1998. These uniform abbreviations are used by all docket clerks when typing entries on the docket sheet.

Click here for a list of Standard Docket Text Abbreviations adopted by this court, as well as a list of abbreviation codes for U.S. Government Agencies.  If you have any further questions regarding this issue, please contact our Customer Services counter at (602) 322-7200 or (520) 205-4200.